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tonight on "world news" -- hot and dangerous. 200 million americans in smothering heat. water evaporating out of the earth. and you see a lake virtually drying up before our eyes. market tremors. the dow falls because of that debt deadline. people are gobbling up gold. is this a sign the upheaval has begun? tabloid twist. a whistle blower dies in the murdoch scandal. and retirement revolution. millions of boomers are rewriting the idea of a second act. why are so many of them heading to one town in texas? good evening. thank you for beginning the week with us. as more than 200 million
americans in 36 states are watching asphalt blister and the water in the ground disappear, evaporating in the heat. and this is how it looks. how it broils. where the air feels like 120 degrees. even hotter than the thermometers. the heat is spreading from the rockies to the east coast with more to come. and abc's yungi de nies is at lake arlington, texas, tonight, where that lake is disappearing by the day. yungi. >> reporter: absolutely, diane. this dry lake bed is all that's left of lakekerlington after so many days of record breaking heat. normally, the water would be up above my head, up to the topf this pole, but it's lost so much, and now it's losing two inches every day. the images are astounding. where water should be, now only cracking mud and dry dust. and the exact same thing is happening all over the state. this is lake travis in central texas before the drought and here it is now. the bathtub ring an eerie reminder of what was.
on the shores of lake arlington, andrew jones is trying to fish in the shrinking waters. >> we're in drought conditions but i didn't think it was this bad. i didn't think the lake would be this low. >> reporter: in southwest oklahoma, hal mcknight's fish ponds are evaporating in front of him, so he's moving his fish save them.r water, by hand, to >> we do have dry hot summers here in oklahoma but we have neveveseen anything like this. >> reporter: a massive heat dome is baking the middle of the country, 20 states, from texas to minnesota and into ohio, are under a heat watch, warning, or advisory. so much of the heat is cenenred over areas still drying out after massive spring floods. all that surface water is now evaporating, adding high humidity to triple digit misery. so were to get relief? you might think cool lakes, but with water levels falling, blue green algae and bacteria are exploding in these warm, stagnant waters. in oklahoma, health officials
have shut down access to several contaminated lakes. >> the floods brought a lot of fertilizer in and the heat is basically making the reservoirs into pea soup. everyone is at some degree of risk if they swim during a blue-green algae bloom of having some sort of rash or skin irritation. >> reporter: a swimming pool, especially iced, like this one in omaha, where workers dumped tons of ice, may be the better option. and if nothing else, there's always ice cream. and, diane, that is a boat. i'm at the bottom of the lake bed. clearly, it's going to be a long titi before it gets back in the water. this heat is incredibly dangerous. just hours ago here in north texas, a man died. emergency officials say they found him in a house with no air conditioning. diane. >> yungi, thank you for reporting in tonight from that dry lake bed. and, next, there are a lot of ways americans are expressing worry and frustration at the squabbling politicians letting the debt deadline take the economy to the brink.
and one big message was delivered today. the markets, the dow dropped almost 100 points, as worried investors pulled out. they're watching that clock, you see, right there, ticking down to the august 2nd deadline for a debt deal. and in another scramble for safety, people are rushing to invest in gold. prices up as never seen before. here's abc's john berman. >> reporter: the partisanship, politicking and lack of progress in washington might already be taking a toll on your personal bank account and 40101 the stock drop today -- the first sign investors are saying, "we're mad as hell, and we're not going to take it anymore." >> the impatience and frustration is clearly getting there. >> reporter: wall street has a way of voicing its displeasure, and it's downright ugly. remember september 2008 when congress failed to pass a bank bailout? stocks cratered, nearly 780 points that day. >> 3.5 million -- >> reporter: we are not there yet, but there are other
unnerving signs -- call it a canary in a goldmine. gold prices are sky-rocketing. closing above 1,600 for the first time ever, 500% higher than 10 years ago. why is this troubling? it's investors betting there will be bedlam, no solution to the debt mess. fearing a market meltdown, gold is seen as a safe haven. >> the same concept of taking the money out of the market and putting it under your mattress. investors are taking money out of the market and putting it straight into gold. >> reporter: those ads on tv explain the new-age gold rush. >> listen to that. that's the sound of security. >> reporter: earlier this year, the university of texas even put $1 billion of their endowment into gold, literally storing more than 6,000 gold bars in a vault. these prices are one of the key things to watch the next two weeks. if gold prices continue this day after day after day increase, it means investors really are
betting on something close to a meltdown. also, u.s. treasuries, they're usually considered one of the safest investments but if investors stop buying them, it means they feel there really isn't much left that's safe. diane. >> so these are the early warning systems. >> the canaries in the goldmine, they called them. >> thanks so much, john. now, also in washington today, a woman who said her mission was to help the middle class, prepared to leave town. president obama tapped former ohio attorney general richard cordreg to run the consumer financial protection bureau. but it was elizabeth warren who was, in essence, the founding mother of the agency to help consumers get straight talk from banks and d edit agencies. she was passed over for the top job. what happened? what's next for her? abc's jake tapper now. >> reporter: he didn't nominate her to run the brand-new consumer protection bureau but the president today made sure to give credit to
harvard law professor elizabeth warren who came up with the idea for the agency and, since september, has been setting it up. >> let's face it, she's done it while facing some very tough opposition and drawing a fair amount of heat. >> reporter: so much heat, republicans threatened to block her nomination. on her way out the proverbial door, warren told us today that the bureau is on its way to making credit card and mortgage companies simplify their contracts and setting up a national consumer complaint hotline. >> nobody's responsible to the american consumer. nobody's looking out for american families. we started that. we're under way. >> reporter: you're the one who came up with the idea in this journal from four years ago. and there are a lot of progressives out there who are disappointed the president didn't nominate you. >> of all the ideas that got published in academic journals like that, not so many make it into law. and i am really happy to see somebody else run it. >> reporter: warren has bebeme a liberal icon, fighting for the middle class. she says the criticism from the other side does not bother her. >> i threw rocks before i ever got to this town. and i'm not through throwing rocks now.
so if there are folks who don't like what i do, so be it. but i'm still ready to fight. >> reporter: there are a lot of people who want you to fight for the massachusetts senate seat. >> my immediate future -- i'm taking my little grandkids and grandnieces and nephews to legoland. >> reporter: jake tapper, abc news, the white house. and, now, the race to save hundreds of thousands of people caught in what may be e e worst humanitarian disaster on earth potentially. it is a cry for help. and abc news is the first american network to take you there, where families are walking days to try to save their children. abc's lama hasan is the first at the dadaab camp in kenya. >> reporter: 25 days agogothey made a decision. abdullah jareh and his wife
decided to leave the drought behind. they took their mother and four children, setting out, on foot, in search of water and life. a grueling 25-day trek. the hot winds are wicked. jareh's wife did not make it. [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: she died because of hunger. >> reporter: from gajoo? hunger? "gajoo," the somali word for hunger. was she giving her food to her kids instead of eating it? >> translator: yes, she was giving it to the children. >> reporter: this is where they have landed, the refugee camps, an oasis in a very parched land. but it is bursting. almost 400,000 souls and rising by the day. the doctors say they need antibiotics, basic equipment like mosquito nets, soap, and water jugs. and they need it now. but no matter what they have at the camp, it is still 50 miles from the somalia border. a deadly 50 miles these families must travel even after they escape somalia.
the aid groups say they can't get any closer. the threat of al qaeda militias make it too dangerous. [ child crying ] as we talk, one of the doctors notices how malnourished his youngest son is. his name is aden. they rush him to the hospital. dad tries to feed him milk. aden struggles. the fight for him. you think he's going to be okay? >> yes, ititill be okay. >> reporter: as we leave, aden is nestled in his grandmother's arm. it will be the best night's sleep a little boy will have in a long time. while countless families set out on the same desperate walk tonight. lama hasan, abc news, dadaab refugee camp, kenya. >> and now i want to bring in abc's dr. richard besser who has worked in some of the most desperately poor places on earth. so many people want to help, rich. what's the most effective thing to do tonight? >> you know, i've been on the phone all day with colleagues here and in kenya. and there are things you can do.
giving money is actually the most effective way to give support. and it doesn't take a lot to make a difference to people who arrive in these camps. if your big focus is on food, and that has to be the number one problem here, you can give money to the world food program. they're feeding people in these camps right now. if your focus is on medical support and people arriving with common infections and things like measles, you can give money to doctors without borders. and they're vaccinating, providing care, in the camps. and if you just want to make sure these camps survive, you can give money to the international rescue committee. they're working in the camp that we just saw. >> and you have vetted these organizations for the amount of money they send to the region and the amount they give to nd organizations? >> that's so important. you want to make sure they have low overhead. and these all do. these camps are doiningreat work. the problem's not going away soon. the soonest that they predict there could be rain in somalia will be october. and so i've put on the web more information about these sites as well as others i think are doing a terrific job. abcnews.com/help. >> so check out dr. besser's recommendations for helping
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and he's also got to worry about his children, who he assumed would -- and wanted to succeed him. >> reporter: that is looking increasingly unlikely. james murdoch was being groomed to take over from his 80-year-old dad. but he could now face criminal charges. he admits paying two high-profile victims of his newspapers illegal hacking $1 million to keep quiet. >> there was a particular settlement that i authorized, and i've said was made with information that was incomplete. >> reporter: this scandal is nothing less than an earthquake, sending tremors to the highest levels of power in britain. the people of this country shocked to learn that for the last 30 years murdoch and his executives have been dictating policy to the politicians and the police. the murdochs certainly have the ear of britain's prime minister. in 15 months, david cameron has had 26 meetings with murdoch executives. more than twice the number of meetings he's had with any other news organizations. how w werful was rupert murdoch here in britain? >> immensely powerful. the view of every prime minister
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saw on that soccer field from the japanese team was the soul of japan. and abc's john donvan tonight has a lesson of defeat and destiny. >> reporter: they wanted it so badly and they played so well. and yet, when japan pulled even in the final minutes, and then won the whole thing on penalty kicks -- >> japan's world cup/. >> reporter: -- was there maybe a hint of an idea that the universe has stepped in to steer this outcome? because what was it, the year after the water swallowed up new orleans, when the saints went on to win theheuper bowl. what was it after spring '99, when grieving columbine high school went on the following fall to win the state championship? or phil mickelson, 2010, his wife under treatment for breast cancer, his mother just diagnosed withthhe very same thing, then he got to win the mamaers. of course he shot well that day. and they played well yesterday. but, honestly, the u.s. side played a lot better. so was it just some mysterious
power that kept steering those fantastic u.s. shots just off, again and again? everyone knew what japan had gone through this year. their coach told them they were playing for more than just a win. and even the americans -- >> something bigger for this team -- >> reporter: a reason, let's admit it, we can all undersrsnd, because we think we have seen it before. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> and stay with us on abcnews.com. don't forget "nightline" later. and we'll see you back here tomorrow. have a wonderful night. thank you for being here. cut backs at the court house, tonight it could take hours to pay a traffic fine. a year and a half to get a divorce. police respond with sounds of gunfire tonight to accusations of shooting an unarmed parole.
>> san jose leads an uprising in a budget battle against sacramento. the right owe -- fight to save a tool for creating jobs. >> race for america's cup. a tradition gets an update for the television age. >> good evening, everyone. i'm carolyn johnson. >> i'm dan ashley. hundreds of people out of work and thousands inconvenienced by massive budget cuts. >> the presiding judge announced she's preparing to dismantle operations in the civil division of her court and warning that layoffs will be drastic. we are live with what is in store. vick? >> what is in store is plenty of pain. pain from the public, court workers who face layoffs. courtrooms will be closed. clerk's offices will be shuttered and hallways will be quiet.